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9 February 2017

Washington city upgrades water infrastructure with Sensus tech

The US city of Monroe in Washington state partnered with Sensus to enhance the operations of its water utility department.

Under the partnership, the city’s Public Works Department is deploying Sensus’ smart water solution which includes the company’s OMNI and IPERL smart water meters, FlexNet communication system and data analytics software to quickly detect and reduce the occurrence of water leaks.

Management of water infrastructure

In a press statement, Jakeh Roberts, operations and maintenance manager at the city of Monroe, said: "We've already begun using the Sensus leak detection capabilities, and the results have been amazing.

"Reducing the time it takes for our technicians to identify leaks enables us to apply their time to other important projects. We can see where the water is going in a way that wasn't available before, with the potential for significant cost savings."

The project is part of efforts by the city to modernise its water infrastructure, improve its billing processes and optimise the management of water resources.

The “… system enables our customer service staff to see real-time usage so they can explain leaks to customers instead of having to guess at the source." [Californian city to upgrade water infrastructure with USDA funding].

With 75% of the upgrade complete, officials at the city of Monroe are confident that the project will enable the Public Works Department to adopt new business models and improve its customer services.

FlexNet communication

In the last quarter of 2016, Indian utility Yamuna Power (BYPL) announced that it will deploy Sensus' FlexNet automated metering infrastructure (AMI) solution to reduce power theft and improve accuracy in billing its customers in Delhi.

The utility will deploy Sensus' AMI technology in a pilot project which aims to test how smart meters can help the energy company to improve its grid management by having access to near real-time grid status data. The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

Sensus claims that its AMI solution is an open-standard based technology, and will ensure Yamuna Power is able to meet its future customer demands.

P R Kumar, CEO of Yamuna Power, said: “… the technology will help fulfil BYPL's requirements for coverage, capacity and longer-term needs of smart grids without significant additional investment.

“The FlexNet Long Range Radio technology has exceptional penetration and reach to enable a simple and robust architecture for all applications,” added Kumar.

The agreement by the two parties to implement the trial project was signed during the India-UK Tech Summit staged in New Delhi from the 7th to the 9th of November, 2016.

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